U.S. Stages a Walk-out as Syria Takes Reins of UN Disarmament Forum

The delegation stood from their seats as the Syrian ambassador to the U.N., Hussam Edin Aala opened the latest round of the conference

Children receive treatment after a chemical attack in Douma, Syria, April 7, 2018.
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The United States staged a walkout in protest at Syria's presidency of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.

The delegation stood from their seats as the Syrian ambassador to the U.N., Hussam Edin Aala opened the latest round of the conference.

Wood said Syria's presidency of a body committed to non-proliferation was a travesty, given that "the regime was responsible for killing countless of its own civilians, many of whom have been impacted by chemical weapons attacks."

Washington did not plan a boycott of the four-week presidency but wanted to hold Syria to account for its use of chemical weapons, he said.